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La Liga News: 6 January 2016; Agent Claims Real Madrid Summer Firesale, Steve Nash Buys Spanish Club

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Madrid preparing summer clear-out? | Football Espana
Francois Gallardo has told Fichajes.net that Los Blancos will let go of up to nine players at the end of the season, including some of the heavyweights of the locker room. It’s claimed that Ronaldo’s exit was finalised in late December and following him out the door at Santiago Bernabeu will be Ramos and Modric.

Zinedine Zidane calls Gareth Bale a 'key player' for Real Madrid | Sky Sports
It is understood Bale is upset with the departure of Benitez but, at his first press conference since being appointed, Zidane claimed the "phenomenal" Welshman is a fundamental player in Real Madrid's future and said he will stick with the front three of Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

Zinedine Zidane: The rookie Real Madrid coach wrapped in the skin of a legendary player - Goal.com
A new year, and a new coach. Real Madrid held off until the clash against Valencia to make a decision on Rafael Benitez's future on the bench, and he did not take advantage of the final chance. The result? A swift sacking. The consequence, Zinedine Zidane's promotion from Castilla to the big leagues. It is a plan that Florentino Perez has been mulling over for some time as the cornerstone of his sporting plans, brought to light earlier than expected.

The challenges Zinedine Zidane faces as Real Madrid manager - ESPN FC
So, the same fax machine that failed to alert Real Madrid that they were using an ineligible player in the Copa del Rey against Cadiz also failed to deliver my warning letter of a couple of weeks ago to Zinedine Zidane. In that, I predicted that Madrid president Florentino Perez was about to offer him Rafa Benitez's job as manager -- and warned "Zizou" not to take it.

Rafa Benitez wishes Zinedine Zidane well at Real Madrid | Sky Sports
But there was no hint of bitterness in a statement released on his website on Tuesday that read: "I want everyone at the club from the board of directors, executives, workers and all of the fans to know that it has been an honour and privilege to be in charge at this club.

Zinedine Zidane can stand up to Florentino Perez Real Madrid - ESPN FC
It's no secret that Zinedine Zidane was in the process of being groomed for the Real Madrid first team, but few -- the Frenchman included -- suspected the call would come this suddenly. Since he returned to the club he served so admirably as a player during Florentino Perez's first tenure, Zidane has held a variety of positions.

Rafa Benitez sacked: After Carlo Ancelotti, boring Benitez was doomed to fail at Real Madrid - Goal.com
Forty-two days. That is exactly how long Rafa Benitez lasted as Real Madrid coach since president Florentino Perez came out to hand his "full support" to the 55-year-old in light of the 4-0 loss to Barcelona in the Clasico on Nov. 21. Madrid was brutally beaten by the Blaugrana at home and Perez emerged to face the media two days later. "He has our support and our confidence," the president said of the club coach. "Let's give him time to work. I am sure the triumphs will come."

Atletico Madrid president apologises to Rayo Vallecano fans - Goal.com
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has apologized to Rayo Vallecano fans after his outburst in last week's La Liga clash between the two clubs. Cerezo was caught on camera in a heated exchange with a number of Rayo fans in front of the corporate box where he was seated.

Sky Sports’ La Liga expert explains Jackson Martinez situation
Martinez, who joined Atletico from FC Porto in the summer of 2015, has been linked with Premier League duo Chelsea and Tottenham. According to a report in The Mirror last month, both the London clubs are interested in signing the Colombia international striker in the January transfer window.

Gary Neville says Valencia PR stunt claim ludicrous - ESPN FC
Valencia coach Gary Neville has hit out at a claim that his appointment was a PR stunt orchestrated by club owner Peter Lim and agent Jorge Mendes, describing it as "nonsense" and "ludicrous." Former Manchester United defender Neville was a surprise choice to take over when Nuno was fired in November amid discontent from some fans about Lim's running of the club and the influence of Mendes.

Steve Nash, Suns owner Sarver take over Spanish soccer club Mallorca - CBSSports.com
Well, his passion for soccer has continued. The former Phoenix Suns star, alongside Suns owner Robert Sarver and others, have purchased second division Spanish club RCD Mallorca, per ESPNFC. The club spent 16 straight years in the top flight of Spain before being relegated in 2013, with financial issues seeing the club really struggle.

Castro close to Malaga | Football Espana
Chory Castro is on the verge of joining Malaga after his contract with Real Sociedad was rescinded. Castro had spoken publically of his desire to leave Anoeta in the January transfer window and was granted a free transfer by the Basques on Tuesday evening.